When MBS put out an invitation to submit project ideas for their birthday co-hosting application, I immediately thought of this Howdy Y'all banner quilt. When I think of Moda, I think of visiting their warehouse in Dallas on our way to quilt market in Houston back in my quilt shop days. And I think of Lissa Alexander (ModaLissa) and our Moda rep, Laura; both of whom exude southern hospitality and charm. I also had been toying with the idea of making a quilted banner to hang on the fence on our farm to welcome friends and family.
I chose American Jane's new fabric line called "Bread 'n Butter" because I thought it had a wonderful country girl feel to it. The background fabric is an American Jane basic pindot. I just love a pindot background!
My recipe on MBS is a step-by-step tutorial on how to make the cowboy boot filler block, but I also included a short explanation and cutting instructions to make the quilt too.
Of course, the quilt features Moda's "Spell It With Fabric" letter patterns which is the basis of the ABC Birthday QAL.
I used a new long-arm quilting pattern on this quilt called Marmalade by Leisha Farnsworth at Urban Elementz on this quilt and I just love it!
The back really shows off the quilting! I inserted three rows of strips through the center of the back because my quilt was just a little too wide for one width of 45" width fabric, but I love a pieced back and I think this turned out awesome (if I may say so myself).
Now I can't wait to have my quilty friends over so I can hang my 'Howdy Y'all' quilt. Most people tell their friends "Come on over and I'll put on a pot of coffee", but I'll be like "Let me know before you stop by and I'll hang my quilt!" Ha, Ha!